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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Navkiran Mann

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Live updates have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

'Miracle' baby due in Polesworth

Against the odds, a couple from Polesworth in north Warwickshire have discovered they are to have a second child.

Earlier this year, Gary and Sadie Brittle lost their baby due to what they were told was an ectopic pregnancy, where the foetus develops outside the womb.

But after only three months, doctors have discovered a previously unseen second baby was growing healthily, which is due in November.

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Emotionally I was just trying to get over the loss of one baby but then realising that I'd got another one growing inside."

Sadie Brittle

Latest: Bus lane fines could be refunded; city council postpones inquiry into Wisteria Lodge

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines this tea-time:

- Hundreds of motorists who've been fined after driving through a Coventry bus lane near the railway station could be entitled to a refund 

- The city council in Coventry has postponed an inquiry into allegations of historic child abuse at Wisteria Lodge care home

- It is looking increasingly unlikely that Warwickshire company EIC will find a buyer, after it ceased trading last week

Travel: Lane closed on the M6 northbound

BBC Travel

There are long delays on the M6 northbound because of emergency repairs between J5 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 (Aston Expressway). Congestion runs back to J4a (M42). More from BBC Travel.

Wasps and Italy back retires from the game at 35 with Achilles injury

BBC Sport

Wasps utility back Andrea Masi has retired at the age of 35 on medical advice after suffering an Achilles tendon heel injury playing for Italy in the 2015 World Cup.

The 95-times capped international has failed to recover after being injured in Italy's opener against France.

Andrea Masi
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Travel: Severe delays on the M42

BBC Travel

A lane is blocked by a broken-down lorry on the exit slip road of J9 (M6 Toll) on the M42 northbound. More from BBC Travel.

Your pictures: Skies over Southam

BBC Weather Watchers

This picture of cloudy skies, and a standing stone, was taken in Southam by BBC Weather Watcher, Old Salt.

We'd love to feature your photos - you can email, tweet or use our Facebook page.

Standing stone
Old Salt

Your pictures: The opera singer and the mechanical dolphins

Not something your see every day - even in Stratford. It's all part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Fairy Portal Camp.

Opera singer on a lake
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Residents anger after another smash at problem-hit roundabout

Coventry Telegraph

 A woman who lives at a notorious Coventry roundabout says that “lives are at risk” after her car was smashed in to on Wednesday morning.  

Travel: Delays on Tollbar End

The roadworks in Coventry will mean some overnight closures this week.

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Your pictures: Sunburst in Brinklow

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Weatherbaines sent us this great shot, taken in Brinklow.

We'd love to feature your photos - you can emailtweet or use our Facebook page.  

Cloudy skies

Bringing Shakespeare's home 'back to life'

The trust is fundraising to turn the site of Shakespeare's home from "an empty space into a beautiful evocative place filled with art and artefacts".

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Latest: Greenbelt housing fears; assault at car boot sale; Sky Blues' cup fixtures announced

David Landau

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

- There's concern over the prospect of more new housing on greenbelt land around Coventry

- Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked at a car boot sale in the Nuneaton area

- The Sky Blues will be at home to Portsmouth in the first round of the League Cup

EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

BBC Politics

Tomorrow, voters go to the polls to decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union. 

Polls are open 07:00 to 22:00 and you'll be asked to answer the following question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union."

Counting by local authorities begins after 22:00 and the official declaration will be made at Manchester Town Hall when all the votes are in.  

Find out how to vote, what you'll need and what you can and can't do with your ballot paper.

Ballot paper

Coventry artist unveils unusual 'ring road' sound art project

Artist Rob Hamp is today unveiling an audio project called The Silent Ska which has been created from the sounds made by mapping Coventry's ring road using ground penetrating radar.

It's being revealed at Coventry Cathedral at 13:00 and is part of a two-year arts project in the city.

City arcadia festival
Coventry Artspace Partnership

Drew Fisher to retire from Coventry Blaze and ice-hockey

Geoff Foster

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Drew Fisher
Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze have announced that American forward Drew Fisher will not be returning to the club for the 2016/17 Elite League season.

The 29-year-old has decided to retire from the sport after being offered an opportunity "too good to turn down" outside of hockey.

Fisher played just one season with the Blaze - his beating of Belfast Giants' goalie Stephen Murphy in a penalty shoot-out was named the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Champagne Moment of last season.

Drew Fisher
Coventry Blaze

Drivers to get refund for driving through notorious bus gate after government error

Coventry Telegraph

Hundreds of motorists fined for driving through a city centre bus lane are in line for a refund because the traffic signs were not properly authorised.  

Watch: Latest weather forecast for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Skies may become brighter into the afternoon but there will be showery rain for some areas later on, with highs of 22C (72F).  

Latest: Concern over plans to build on greenbelt; unlikely EIC will get a new buyer.

Here are your headlines this lunch-time:

- Concerns have been raised over plans to build thousands of homes on greenbelt land in an area that's suffered repeated flooding. 

- It's looking increasingly unlikely that Alcester firm EIC will find a buyer after it stopped trading last week

- Sky Blues will start the new League One season with a trip to Swindon Town 

EU referendum voters top four million in West Midlands

Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Political Reporter, BBC WM

The number of voters registered in the West Midlands for the EU referendum stands at 4,116,119. 

This is a rise of 153,842, or 3.9% since December.

Polls are set to open in less than 24 hours and both the Leave and Remain camps are using the dying hours of the campaign to get their messages across.

If you missed the BBC's Great Debate last night, find out how the two sides got on in front of a live audience of 6,000 at Wembley Arena.

Unlikely new buyers will be found for EIC in Alcester

It's looking increasingly unlikely a Warwickshire building services and facilities management company will find a buyer, after it ceased trading last week. 

Administrators for EIC, which employs more than 400 people nationally and 40 in its headquarters in Alcester, say the company was under increasing pressure from creditors as a result of poor trading.


Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, which is supporting staff there, says many haven't been paid since May.  

Coventry City Council widens inquiry into historic child abuse at its children's homes

Coventry City Council has postponed an inquiry due to be held into allegations of historic child abuse at one of its care homes in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Survivors of abuse at the former Wisteria Lodge home have raised concerns about the scope and terms of reference for the inquiry.

It will look into whether the right checks were in place to protect the safety of children.

One of the survivors, who we're calling Sarah (pictured), says she's pleased with the postponement, if it means victims get more chance to have their say.

"Sarah" a survivor of historic child abuse at Wisteria Lodge

We want answers. It's not just Wisteria Lodge, but there's other children's homes in Coventry where I was abused."

"Sarah"Survivor of child abuse at Wisteria Lodge

Pollen levels 'very high'

BBC Weather

Another bad day if you suffer with hay fever. Levels are very high today.

Tissues at the ready.

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Warm June sunshine, but showers never too far away... Matt Taylor has the long range forecast.  

Help needed for foodbank collection in Stratford

Stratford Observer

Hunger is not just a third world issue, so says the manager of Stratford’s busy foodbank.

In the 3 years the foodbank has been running, it has helped some 4,000 people – of which 20% have been children.

Stratford Foodbank
Stratford Foodbank

Full fixture lists for Football League

BBC Sport

BBC Sportsday has a breakdown of the opening fixtures for the Championship, League One, and League Two.

You can check out all the fixtures now on the BBC Sport website:

Full Championship fixture list for 2016-17

Full League One fixture list for 2016-17

Full League Two fixture list for 2016-17

Latest: Historic child abuse inquiry postponed; anger over plans to build on greenbelt in Coventry

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Your headlines this morning:

- A survivor of historic child abuse at Wisteria Lodge has welcomed a decision by Coventry City Council to widen the scope of an inquiry into abuse at its homes  

- There's concern over plans to build over 2,000 new homes on greenbelt land in Berkswell

- A Coventry artist is to unveil an audio art project today created from the sounds made by mapping the ring road using ground penetrating radar

Cricket: Woakes breaks records and Plunkett's six seals tie

BBC Sport

Liam Plunkett smashed the final ball of the match for six as England tied the first one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge.  

The blow saw England to 287. Warwickshire's Chris Woakes finished unbeaten on 95, giving him the highest score in the history of ODIs by a batsman coming in at number eight in the order.

Coventry vehicle crime 'up at the moment' say police

Vehicle crime is on the increase in an area of Coventry, according to police.

West Midlands Police are advising drivers to "Click Check Keep".

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Building services firm in administration

A Warwickshire-based firm, which employs about 400 people, has ceased trading.

A statement from business advisory firm AlixPartners UK said EIC, a building services and management firm based in Alcester, has gone into administration.

EIC, Alcester

Latest: Abuse inquiry postponed; hopes fade for Alcester firm; Sky Blues' fixtures announced later

Paul Marriott

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Here are some of the main stories we are looking at in Coventry and Warwickshire:

- Coventry City Council has postponed an inquiry due to be held into allegations of historic child abuse at one of its care homes in the late 1970s and 1980s

- Hopes are fading that a firm based in South Warwickshire could be sold as a going concern after calling in the administrators last week

- Coventry City's League One fixtures for the coming season are due to be published this morning

Travel: Congestion on the M42 and M6

BBC Travel

There's congestion on the M42 at J9 (Dunton Island) and drivers are warned to expect delays.

There's also slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J3a (M6 Toll) and J3 (Nuneaton).

More from BBC Travel.

Watch: Latest weather for Coventry and Warwickshire

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rather cloudy through much of the morning with rain in some parts. Highs of 20C (68F).

You can read a full forecast on the BBC Weather website.

Good morning from Coventry and Warwickshire Live

Welcome to our live service for Wednesday.

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